Ketton Quarry NR

    Wildlife Highlights

    This is an excellent site for calcareous flower species - an unusual habitat in Leicestershire and Rutland. Species include Bee Orchid, Yellow-wort, Crown Vetch and Autumn Gentian. It is one of the best sites in our area for both Adders and Grass Snakes. Butterflies include Marbled White, Grizzled and Dingy Skippers. It also supports a colony of Glow-worms.

    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 526

    Description

    Ketton Quarry is an active limestone quarry, but the reserve is a long worked-out part of the site. It consists of hills, holes and a few rocky outcrops that have been colonised by a wide range of calcareous limestone plants. Parts of the site have become scrubbed over and there is a planted beech wood. The reserve is leased by the Wildlife Trust from Castle Cement and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Grizzled SkipperPyrgus malvae21/05/2019Steve Mathers
    Small HeathCoenonympha pamphilus21/05/2019Steve Mathers
    Orange TipAnthocharis cardamines21/05/2019Steve Mathers
    BrimstoneGonepteryx rhamni21/05/2019Steve Mathers
    Dingy SkipperErynnis tages21/05/2019Steve Mathers
    Green HairstreakCallophrys rubi21/05/2019Steve Mathers
    Burnet CompanionEuclidia glyphica21/05/2019Steve Mathers
    Small Purple & GoldPyrausta aurata21/05/2019Steve Mathers
    Buff-tailed BumblebeeBombus terrestris21/05/2019Steve Mathers
    Common Blue butterflyPolyommatus icarus21/05/2019Steve Mathers
    Speckled WoodPararge aegeria21/05/2019Steve Mathers
    PeacockAglais io21/05/2019Steve Mathers
    Brown ArgusAricia agestis21/05/2019Steve Mathers
    Holly BlueCelastrina argiolus21/05/2019Steve Mathers
    Rhopalus subrufus21/05/2019Steve Mathers
    Further Information
    Getting There

    Located in eastern Rutland. From the A47 take the A6121 towards Stamford which passes through Ketton. Turn left onto Pit Lane as you leave the village (travelling east) and the reserve is on the left after about 400m.

    Managed By
    Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    AmphibiansCommon ToadBufo bufo13/06/2014
    AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria15/08/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGrey Mining BeeAndrena cineraria26/05/2012
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndrena nitida08/05/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOak Marble Gall WaspAndricus kollari05/10/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCola-nut GallAndricus lignicola03/08/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndricus solitarius03/08/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHoney BeeApis mellifera05/04/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTree BumblebeeBombus hypnorum13/06/2014
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius15/08/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum12/09/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBuff-tailed BumblebeeBombus terrestris21/05/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCherry Gall WaspCynips quercusfolii27/08/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSmooth Pea Gall WaspDiplolepis eglanteriae/nervosa12/09/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSputnik Gall WaspDiplolepis nervosa12/09/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBedeguar Gall WaspDiplolepis rosae29/08/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSmall Black AntLasius niger24/04/2010
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSmooth Spangle GallNeuroterus albipes05/10/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOyster Gall WaspNeuroterus anthracinus15/08/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSilk Button Gall WaspNeuroterus numismalis03/08/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSpangle Gall WaspNeuroterus quercusbaccarum12/08/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsNomada ferruginata24/04/2010
    Bees, Wasps, AntsNomada flava24/04/2010
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGooden's Nomad BeeNomada goodeniana01/05/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTwo-coloured Mason BeeOsmia bicolor20/04/2011
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed Mason BeeOsmia bicornis08/05/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGerman WaspVespula germanica08/05/2016
    BeetlesAgrilus angustulus23/05/2015
    BeetlesAmara familiaris24/04/2010
    BeetlesAnchomenus dorsalis04/05/2014